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A Junction City, Ore., high school student was arrested after he and a pal allegedly distributed a DVD they had made, complete with rap-music sound track, of them beating up a classmate they had selected at random.
In 1998, a New York jury said Kenneth H. Payne murdered a man, but the state’s highest court set him free in October 2004, with no strings attached. The jury had convicted him of “depraved indifference” murder (rejecting “intentional” murder), but the Court of Appeals said the circumstances of the crime better fit the latter rather than the former. Noting that state prosecutors have often used “depraved indifference” as a crutch for juries that might be reluctant to call a murder “intentional,” the court decided to send district attorneys a message by essentially giving Payne a free murder.
According to an October Reuters dispatch, Afghan women are being vigorously recruited for the police force even though there are still no female uniforms, and the crews being trained by the United States wear their everyday jewelry, accessories, stockings, high heels and brightly colored head scarves (but still appeared to be highly motivated).
The U.S. Forest Service, acting under its new policy of directly billing culpable parties for firefighting costs, said in October that it was preparing to send Ryan Unger, 18, of Wenatchee, Wash., an invoice for $10 million for his having started the August fires in central Washington. Government in Action
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